Unique in Europe, this seminar is the meeting of the industry and the special forces.

The 5th edition of the SOFINS will be held from 29 June to 01 July 2021 on the Souge campe.


The Sofins will one again be an opportunity for industries and start-ups to present their latest innovations which will be tested in real conditions by the special forces and units on the Souge camp.

Le Cercle de l’Arbalète is once again very happy to welcome exhibitors and visitors who are more and more numerous to participate in this major event for the COS (Commandment of special operations).

« The success of the first 4 editions of the SOFINS shows to what extent the evolution of threats requires the search for new technological solutions to meet problems encountered by special forces in the field.

We are counting on you and your presence to demonstrate to the international special forces community the relevance of French industry’s solutions. Let’s live up to the audacity of our special forces ! »

Benoit de Saint Sernin, President of the Cercle de l’Arbalète


«Power relations are and will still be intense in the future between actors who cultivate permanent innovation. The varied emerging threats resulting from hybrid competition and grey zones confrontations are already the greatest challenges in the field of innovation.

The innovation spirit must govern the adaptation of the COS (commandment of special operations). It constantly leads to imagine, design, test and eventually let others do, especially civilian SMEs and medium-sized companies, what the special forces gave developed and sometimes invented.

This partnership between the civil and the military is an essential key to the success of our operations. The COS is counting on the Cercle de l’Arbalete to capture as quickly as possible and encourage dual or civilian innovation in order to participate in finding the best response to the special forces operational needs of today and tomorrow.»

Major General Eric Vidaud, Commander of the COS (commandment of special operations)